BIOGRAPHY-New album coming soon in 2021!
New York based, singer-songwriter, Bill Scorzari, has shared bills with Billy Strings, Sarah Jarosz, Sam Outlaw, The Dustbowl Revival, Tall Tall Trees, Seldom Scene, Frank Fairfield, Tom Marion, Zak Sokolow, Jonah Tolchin, Jenni Lyn Gardner (Della Mae), Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Twisted Pine, Whiskey Myers, Big Country and many others. His music has received critical acclaim, including from Billboard, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, Folk Alley, Acoustic Guitar, Americana Highways, Making A Scene and more. In July of 2019 Bill gave a milestone first-performance at Newport Folk Festival.
Scorzari’s songs transition through a multitude of emotions and themes centered on the experiences of the human condition. His sound is gritty, raw and at times, downright sad. Of his music, some say it’s spoken word, and others, an amalgam of the voice of Tom Waits, the lyricism of John Mooreland, the delivery of Sam Baker and the soul of Kris Kristofferson.
September 20, 2019 marked the independent release of Bill’s third album, "Now I'm Free." Billboard’s Gary Graff says, Scorzari's third album, “Now I’m Free,” is “delicately nuanced” with “detailed arrangements.” "...Scorzari had good reason to enjoy the recording process this time around."
"Bill tears himself open on these 15 songs… He is an open book delivering a record of astonishing intimacy... and the gravel and whispers in his voice carry a true knockout punch." -Producer, Neilson Hubbard
…And, that "open book" is one that is well worth reading...
On the very day that Bill was born, his dad (a preeminent New York Trial Attorney), met with the Dean of his law-school alma mater, and together, the two friends completed a “mock” application for young Bill’s immediate enrollment as a student of the law. Thus begins chapter one, a long and formative passage in which Bill was at first, destined to follow in the footsteps and ethos of his proud father by graduating from that very same law school and later embarking on his own career as a New York trial attorney at the age of 27. The later passing of Bill’s dad and role model in 2012, brought a season of change and a new chapter, in which Bill takes a giant leap forward, in full-time pursuit of his passion for creating and performing music.
In 2014, with the encouragement of a close friend/local recording engineer, Bill recorded and released his debut album, intentionally ironically titled, Just the Same, and began performing his songs live in New York City and surrounding areas.
Soon thereafter, Bill was introduced to Yep Roc recording artist, Jonah Tolchin. They became friends and later agreed that Tolchin would produce Bill's second record. In November of 2015, they met again at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville. There, together with musicians Joachim Cooder, Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough, Chris Scruggs, Laur Joamets, Eamon Mclaughlin, Brent Burke and more, they recorded, mixed and mastered Bill’s second album, Through These Waves, in just 14 days. The record was released on March 10, 2017, a 10,000-mile national tour followed and Through These Waves jumped straight to #1 on the Americana Music Association’s Most-Added-Radio-Stations Top-50 chart in its first week. The album later also landed on many Top-Albums-of-2017 lists, including Folk Alley and Elmore Magazine.
No Depression said, "Bill Scorzari is a force. His songwriting is stellar, his picking above par and his voice fits his songs perfectly."
“Tom Waits or Malcolm Holcombe... Scorzari’s voice is in that neighborhood but still stands apart. …thoughtful, cinematically shaped songs that continue to resonate after repeated listens. Yes, this is a 'must hear' for singer-songwriter aficionados." -Elmore Magazine
One such aficionado, WFUV's John Platt, said, "Bill Scorzari has a lived-in voice that says, 'Listen to these songs. They spring from the earth and the ocean with an open heart and the wisdom of experience.’"
“Artists that have this ability are rare—Waits, Dylan, Cohen, and today’s John Moreland and Jason Isbell….” Lonesome Banjo Chronicles.
Bill's path forward was clear. He next joined forces with Artist/Producer Neilson Hubbard, and in April of 2019 they met, together with Recording Engineer Dylan Alldredge and Artists Erin Rae, Will Kimbrough, Eamon McLoughlin, Michael Rinne and more, at Skinny Elephant Recording in Nashville, TN. There, over the course of just two short weeks, they recorded Bill's aforesaid third album, Now I’m Free. Released on September 20, 2019, Now I’m Free launched an 11,000-mile national tour and earned a full-album Premiere and exclusive interview by Billboard, as well as song premiers by The Blue Grass Situation (“Treat Me Kind”) and Americana Highways (“It All Matters”). Now I'm Free, which also can be found on many 2019 "Best of" lists, including Americana Highways and Making a Scene, is available at: → https://nowimfree.hearnow.com This album too, was met with high praise.
"Once or twice a year, an album rolls onto the scene that is quickly and widely hailed as a game-changer...musically, the real standout feature on 'Now I'm Free' is Scorzari's voice. His gruff, halting style gives his singing the kind of authentic old-timer crackliness that some male C & W and Americana artists spend half their lifetime trying to acquire--and Scorzari has it in spades... given how heart-wrenchingly sincere, complex, painstakingly crafted an album like 'Now I'm Free' is, it's definitely worth a listen... 'Now I'm Free' is not to be taken lightly. Americana-uk.com
“Now I’m Free should be nominated for awards this year with its depth of grace and innovative tones; Scorzari taps into a nexus between the familiar and the uncanny.” --Americana Highways by Melissa Clarke -- Song Premiere of the single, “It All Matters”
"Bill Scorzari scores one of 2019's finest... There may be a handful of songwriters as good as Scorzari but no one else could deliver these stunning songs. It’s even deeper and every bit as good as his last one. Bigger names will get more recognition but Scorzari’s getting there. He did play the Newport Folk Festival this year. He has my vote for Americana Album of the Year." Glide Magazine - By Jim Hynes
"I love this album. I’m going on record and naming 'Now I’m Free' as the best album of 2019 and I’ll stand on anyone’s coffee table and say it. ...There are poets, there are songwriters, there are painters of fine art, and there’s Bill Scorzari. The new album, 'Now I’m Free' is a bold and delicate balance of each. To say it is a thing of beauty is an understatement. ...Perhaps Dylan or Townes could go toe to toe, but my money’s on Scorzari." - Making A Scene, By Viola Kraus
“This new album simply blows me away, I must say….The lyrics are extremely important and the voice, that gritty kind of a voice... I tell somebody: Bill Scorzari is… you might want to think about Tom Waits a little, but better. I’m not saying that because you are sitting in front of me... Your vocals and strumming on this guitar are just beyond compare, I have no words for it, honestly... there’s not many people that have this voice and evoke this kind of emotion. The lyrics themselves, when you listen to the lyrics… yeah." Mostly Folk Podcast with Artie Martello - From the 8/25/2019 WIOX FM Radio Catskill's Cafe' Interview and Live Performance
“A stunning work. Bill’s poetic lyrics are a frozen rope to the heart.” --Podcast interview on The Marinade with Jason Earle
“… Scorzari’s earthy vocals, which are just a bit less sandpapery than Dave Van Ronk’s, drive them home. With any luck, this guy is going places, and chances are, you’ll want to follow along for the ride.” --The Morton Report, Americana Highways, Jeff Burger
“Like singer-songwriters, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits, Bill’s raspy baritone snarls, hisses, and whispers through his heartfelt lyrics. Sometimes leaving the melody and just speaking the words, he comes off like a modern-day Rod McKuen, sweeping us up in his narratives and wringing out their plaintive content. --WTCA 106.1 FM & 1050 AM, South Bend Tribune, Kathy Bottorf
“Scorzari sings in the folk tradition of those who aren't afraid to jerk a few tears but doesn't mask his intentions or pull any punches. Sometimes the man gets mean.” --Rochester City Newspaper, Frank De Blasé
“Fans of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and anyone who likes quality song writing will dig this” --Live Music News and Review, Phil Simon
“A superb singer/songwriter with an outlaw rasp and a heavy-hearted soul” --The Ripple Effect
“Wonderfully gruff and oozing with emotion and raw honesty.” --Listening Through The Lens, Rob Dickens
"…This is a fine record indeed." -Artist/Multi-instrumentalist, Will Kimbrough
Bill Scorzari is currently recording his yet-untitled fourth album, and is available for performances, interviews, studio sessions and other media opportunities. For more information, updates and the latest news, please visit: www.billscorzari.com, www.facebook.com/billscorzari, www.twitter.com/BillScorzari, and www.instagram.com/billscorzari
Brad Paul // Brad Paul Media